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Shoreham air crash: Restrictions on bank holiday air shows

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Image caption The plane crashed after attempting a loop manoeuvre

A host of air shows will take place over the weekend following the Shoreham plane crash but an event in County Durham has been postponed.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) banned vintage jets from carrying out "high-energy aerobatics" over land after a plane plummeted on to the A27.

Clacton Airshow, which takes place over the sea, is under way in Essex.

Sussex Police said they have identified the 11 people "likely" to have died and have contacted their families.

A tribute to the victims was broadcast at Clacton before the flying display earlier.

The event's organisers, who expect 100,000 to attend, said the air show's risk assessment had been signed off by the CAA.

An event at Durham Tees Valley airport has been postponed until May.

Chris Petty, from organisers Skylive Events, said "The tragedy at Shoreham has forced us to consider very carefully whether it would be right to go ahead.

"This is not a decision we have taken lightly because we appreciate that thousands of people were looking forward to having a great day out this Saturday."

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Image caption Five victims have been named but more families are looking for their loved ones

Police believe it is likely 11 people were killed when the 1950s Hawker Hunter plummeted to the ground, crashing into traffic and exploding.

Pilot Andy Hill failed to complete a loop manoeuvre immediately before the crash.

Five victims have been named by friends or family and the relatives of two other missing men have appealed for help.

The latest victim identified was Mark Reeves, a motorcyclist, golfer and photographer.

Mr Reeves, 53, who lived in Seaford and worked in London, had parked his motorcycle to take photos of the air show.

His family said he was "a gentle, loving, incredibly giving family man".

He leaves a wife Wendy, son Luke, sister Denise, parents Ann and Kenneth and three granddaughters.

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Image caption Mark Reeves had stopped to photograph the Shoreham Air Show

Formal identification of the victims has begun following the recovery of "almost all of the remains".

West Sussex coroner Penny Schofield said: "Recovering all the remains has been a very slow and painstaking operation, but it has been necessary to ensure we establish, without doubt, individual positive identifications."

She has met the families to explain the process and, once identification is complete, inquests will be opened into the deaths.

On Wednesday, Brighton and Hove NHS Foundation Trust said pilot Mr Hill remained in a critical but stable condition.

He has been transferred to an unnamed specialist hospital, the trust said.

The wreckage of the aeroplane has been taken to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough, Hampshire, with an interim report due to be published in the next few days.

Highways England said it was unable to estimate when the A27 would reopen.

A spokesman for the agency said: "We are working closely with the police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and once we are given access to the road, we will assess its condition and carry out all required maintenance work.

"As we are currently unaware of the nature or full extent of the work that is required, we're unable to provide an estimate on how long this is likely to take."

The organisers of Shoreham Airshow said they had been "overwhelmed" by the messages of sympathy and support.

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Image caption Pilot Andy Hill remains in a critical condition with multiple injuries

The crash prompted new restrictions to be put in place by the CAA regulator, which led to the CarFest South event in Hampshire cancelling its air display programme.

Other shows are taking place, some with restrictions:

  • Clacton Airshow, which takes place entirely over sea, has no changes to the schedule
  • At Wings and Wheels in Dunsfold, Surrey, two planes will be restricted to only performing flypasts
  • Organisers of Dartmouth Royal Regatta in Devon have amended a Strikemaster jet's routine
  • Little Gransden Air and Car show in Cambridgeshire has replaced a Hawker Hunter with a Yak-11 and a display will go ahead

A spokesman for Dartmouth Royal Regatta said: "[The pilot is] going to slow everything down and not do any acrobatics.

"We're very happy to comply with any restrictions the Civil Aviation Authority put in after the horrific accident.

"Until we find out more I think verging on the side of caution is very fair."

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Image caption An online community fund has raised more than £11,000 to help people affected by the disaster

At the Shoreham crash scene, police operations to remove debris and vehicles and carry out forensic examinations will continue "for some weeks", police said.

Sussex Chief Constable Giles York said all the people thought to be affected were local.

The force had said more than 200 people had reported concerns for missing relatives or friends.

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Image caption From left to right: Matt Jones, Jacob Schilt, Matthew Grimstone and Maurice Abrahams

Matt Jones, 24, a personal trainer, was named by his sister Becky on Facebook as one of the dead.

Worthing United players Jacob Schilt, 23, and Matthew Grimstone, also 23, are thought to have been travelling in the same car when the crash happened.

The fourth victim was former Hampshire police officer Maurice Abrahams, 76, who was driving a Daimler limousine to a wedding at the time of the crash.

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Image caption Daniele Polito (left) and Mark Trussler (right) are both missing

Daniele Polito and Mark Trussler were named as two of those missing by relatives.

Mr Polito's family and friends said on social media he was in the same car as Mr Jones.

Mr Trussler, is thought to have been riding his motorbike at the time and his fiancee, Giovanna Chirico, also appealed on social media to anyone who has seen or heard from him.


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